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April 6, 2010

Puppyhood Deck: 50 Tips for Raising the Perfect Dog by Cesar Millan

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Famous dog trainer Cesar Millan's Puppyhood Deck: 50 Tips for Raising the Perfect Dog is released today and available for purchase for all you new puppy owners. Get Dog Whisperer training tips in an easy-access card format.

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April 3, 2010

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Birdology by Sy Montgomery

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What makes a bird a bird? That's what Sy Montgomery set out to discover in Birdology: Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur. Sy is the author of the national bestseller The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood, as well as 15 other nonfiction books.

In Birdology, she uses compassion, humor and fascinating facts to explore and understand the lives of seven types of birds. The author studies bird communication, personality, homing and hunting abilities, as well as their relationship to dinosaurs. A must-read book, for birders, bird-lovers, and anyone with an interest in these beautiful creatures.

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March 30, 2010

Hot New Amazon Pet Book Release -- The Puppy Primer

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Patricia McConnell is animal behaviorist and adjunct professor of zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. You may be familiar with her fascinating read The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs where she offers sound advice for dog owners based on this premise: "Pay attention to your own behavior. Believe me, your dog is."

Her newly released and updated The Puppy Primer is a must for new puppy owners. The book is a fun and simple guide through every aspect of raising a puppy with games, helpful hints and trouble-shooting tips for both new dog owners and training experts. In this easy-to-read updated version, the compassionate Dr. McConnell added new information about the benefits of positive reinforcement, as well as the importance of realistic expectations.

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March 10, 2010

Amazon Hot New Pet Film Release -- Hachi: A Dog's Tale

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Get your tissue box ready. Based on a true story from 1930's Japan, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, is a new film about pet love and loyalty. Part of this movie is viewed from the dog's perspective. It is directed by Academy Award-nominated director Lasse Hallström (2000, The Cider House Rules).

A college music professor Parker Wilson, played by Richard Gere, finds a young Akita puppy abandoned at the local train station. He has a strong sense of town and community and assumes the dog's owner will return to the train station to claim him in the morning. Parker takes the puppy home overnight, but when no one comes to get the dog, Parker convinces his reluctant wife, Cate (Joan Allen), to adopt the pup into their family. He names the puppy Hachiko--Hachi, for short--because of the Japanese symbol for good luck that's hanging from his collar.




In DVD and Blu-ray

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March 1, 2010

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Dogplay: The Canine Guide to Being Happy

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William Shakespeare referred to life on planet Earth as a "vale of tears". Whether or not you completely agree with this, we all suffer from the blues from time to time. If wintertime cabin fever is getting to you, prop up your mood with a fun new book Dogplay: The Canine Guide to Being Happy released today.

You may be familiar with the bestselling Cattitude series, by writer Christine Montaquila and photographer Kim Levin. These two have teamed up again to offer doggy tips on living the good life. The book uses charming photos and aphorisms to impart advice about enjoying food guilt-free, appreciating the simple things, de-stressing and more.

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February 27, 2010

Hummingbird Slow Motion Videos

We live in a sub-tropical climate that is (usually) quite warm and comfortable (except this winter). At least one pair of Ruby-Throats is back this year, buzzing around and feasting off the Firespike bushes and Bottlebrush tree. A Firespike right outside our office window affords a close-up of the birds feeding. One perches for minutes at a time on a tiny stem of the bush.

For those of you still in snow country, below are close-up videos of hummers feeding--the first out of someone's hand! The second two are set to music and quite beautiful.



Super cool find via Random Good Stuff

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February 24, 2010

Pet Acoustics Relaxation App for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

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Does your pet get nervous due to separation anxiety, thunderstorm fears, car travel, veterinary visits? Or maybe you have a new puppy or kitten who needs some comforting.

As we all know, music for humans can change the mood and feel of an environment, so you can put this to work for you.

Pet Acoustics music has been specifically designed for the hearing sensitivities of your pet, in frequency, volume and rhythm, to calm and soothe your pet anytime, anywhere. The app is available at Apple iTunes.com

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For your home, the Pet Acoustics sound system, My Pet Speaker, will transform your music library into pet-friendly tunes that soothe and relax dogs, cats, horses, as well as the people they love.

The Speaker limits the frequencies and plays a soft bass, so your pets will not be startled or disturbed by the jarring volumes and piercing sounds that instinctively put them on alert.

Pet Speaker via Networking Audio Video

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February 17, 2010

2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show MSG Exclusive Photo Gallery

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Sadie the Scottie -- Best in Show

Dogs of all breeds and sizes gathered February 15th-16th at Madison Square Garden for the 134th annual competition of the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Feast your eyes on MSG's exclusive photo galleries from this year's event including the dogs roaming the streets of NYC, backstage pampering, breeds of all shapes and sizes, and more @ http://www.msg.com/dogs.

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February 9, 2010

Super Cool Pet Books -- First Person Cat and Hart's Original Petpourri

If you are going stir crazy this February, curl up with a good book.

firstpersoncat.jpgFirst Person Cat by Jacque Heebner is a personal story told by Tiffany, an intuitive tortoise shell Persian cat. Someone murdered her rock star owner, and Tiffany is going to find the culprit.

heartspetpourri.jpgHart's Original Petpourri by Robert Hart is an "amazing storehouse of historical fact, fiction, literary gems and whimsy" about pets, owners and their vets. Find out things you didn't know!

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February 8, 2010

Pet Scoop: 134th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Irish Red and White Setter

Mark your calendar! The 134th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held this coming Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Three new breeds will compete--the Irish Red and White Setter, the Norwegian Buhund and the Pyrenean Shepherd--all pictured on this page.

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Norwegian Buhund


The schedule is as follows:

  • All Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding breeds and varieties will be judged on Monday, with Groups judged on Monday evening.
    TV Coverage: 8-9 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network. 9-11 p.m. (ET) live on CNBC
  • All Sporting, Working, and Terrier breeds and varieties will be judged on Tuesday, with Groups judged on Tuesday evening. Best In Show will also be judged on Tuesday evening.
    TV Coverage: 8-11 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network
  • All Junior Showmanship preliminaries will be judged on Monday afternoon, with the finals to be held at 7:30PM on Tuesday evening.

Breed judging highlight videos are available throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday on the Westminster web site. These highlights will be available after the show as well. Ever wonder how dog judges pick the winner? Click here for the scoop.

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Pyrenean Shepherd

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